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Orange Grove is pleased to lead community agencies serving individuals with intellectual disabilities across Tennessee in providing a person-centered music service of superior quality. Orange Grove Center offers a host of music services to all interested individuals, including participation in classroom and online vocal and instrumental music sessions, the chorus, and our dance troupe, The Orange Grove Dancers. 

Our Music Navigators, Ellen Poole and Katelyn Synder, provide a variety of training techniques to assist individuals in acquiring an appreciation for music and exploring talents and interests in singing and playing musical instruments. The plethora of music services offered through our music department include music appreciation, music relaxation, Choral Arts, and individual vocal, piano, guitar, and violin lessons.

In addition to music services, Orange Grove is blessed with to work with the musical talents of The Platinum Singers, a choral group that loves to perform in the community and at various venues throughout the region. The chorus receives many requests for performances. If travel and time restraints are not too great, they will do their best to perform upon request. Please direct your inquiries to Ellen Poole at

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Most sessions and practices take place in The Sharon Thorn Music Center at Orange Grove Center. Named after Nashville songwriter and composer, Sharon Thorn, who gifted Orange Grove its theme song, "After All," the center is newly-renovated (Thanks to a generous donation from Southwire Company of Carrollton, GA, courtesy of Stu Thorn, husband of Sharon Thorn.), and features state-of-the-art music equipment specific to the needs of individuals served. The children of Thorn also continue their mother's legacy with annual fundraisers to benefit the program.